Myth

The dark side of Venus — goddess of war as well as love

11 January 2020 9:00 am

Bettany Hughes has spent a decade, she tells us, exploring the origins of the goddess Aphrodite, first for a BBC…

Natalia Osipova, cursed with a frightful Ascot fascinator, a Halloween shock-wig of black pipe cleaners, in Medusa as the Royal Opera House Credit: ©ROH, 2019 Photograph by Tristram Kenton

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s #MeToo Medusa is a bad hair day from Hades

18 May 2019 9:00 am

Medusa is the bad hair day from Hades. Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s retelling of the Greek myth is frizzy, tangled and…

How I learned to stop worrying and love the monarchy

9 December 2017 9:00 am

Prince Harry does not exist and soon Meghan Markle will cease to exist too. None of the royal family exist.…

The bemused protagonist with a stupid name: Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon in American Gods

This isn’t drama as most of us understand it: American Gods reviewed

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Since completing season two of the brilliant Narcos, I’ve been unsuccessfully looking for a replacement serial drama that is more…

An early super yacht supplied with prostitutes: an artist’s impression of Caligula’s royal barge, 18th century

The allure of shipwrecks

22 April 2017 9:00 am

Daisy Dunn investigates the allure of shipwrecks – from Caligula to Damien Hirst

Sign for a thermopolium (taverna) in Pompeii, depicting a phoenix, with the inscription ‘Phoenix Felix et Tu’ – ‘the Phoenix is happy (or lucky) – and you!’

The myth and magic of the phoenix

8 April 2017 9:00 am

The most appealing phoenix in literature is surely the eponymous bird from E. Nesbit’s 1904 classic, The Phoenix and the…

Lands of legend: from the Auroras to Atlantis

12 November 2016 9:00 am

The Un-Discovered Islands could not be more different in substance — though it is similar in style — to Malachy…

Satan is back

23 March 2013 9:00 am

Francis is giving new voice to an unfashionable perception

Saladin: hero or infidel?

3 December 2011 9:45 am

Sam Leith enjoys an alternative view of the Crusades, from the Muslim perspective

Not so fantastic

7 January 2009 12:00 am

The Natural History of Unicorns, by Chris Lavers